General FAQs

What grades are offered by the Friendship Public Charter School Online?

Friendship PCS Online will offer full-time enrollment for grades K-8 for the 2015-2016 school year.

What subjects will my child study?

Language arts, math, science, history, art, and health/PE are the core courses. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as music and world languages.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

The K-8 program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by law.

What happens if my student completes a course mid-year?

Teachers work closely with students to help pace the curriculum to meet the student's goals for advancement.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 20 to 25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. Computers do not, however, replace a solid education; they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of old-fashioned books, workbooks, and instructional materials.

Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?

Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.

Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?

The beauty of our K-8 program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Our teachers will work directly with parents and students to ensure proper placement into the curriculum.

How do students interact socially?

Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We are also exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography and place but on shared interests.

Will this program intrude into my home?

There are no home visits as part of the program, unless you ask your teacher to come to your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs.

How do I enroll my student?

Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling your student in Friendship Public Charter School Online.